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Don't equate child abuse with spanking

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 5:05 PM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Adwoa N. Onuora's article 'Hitting at spanking' (Gleaner, May 27, 2015) seemed to equate punishment with child abuse. Punishment and child abuse are not the same, and anyone purporting to confuse or equate those two are, at best, intellectually dishonest.

There are individuals who also confuse restraining force with lethal force, and still others who confuse permissiveness with affection. This post-modern society still gives relevance to the strap, the baton, the gun, the prison, the gas chamber, the artillery, the missile, and the bomb.

All well-thinking parents must, without fail, use their creativity, sensitivity and love to prepare their children for the realities of today's society. The methods employed are the dictates of the culture, heritage, and resources available to the incumbent. Those factors should be improved when and where possible, but should never be tampered with capriciously.

CEDRIC HANSON

cedric536@gmail.com

Mandeville, Manchester